Spring break is here again and while the month of March is madness for some, for others it’s pure fun. With tons of college students and others heading out for a break from the winter weather, there’s a ton going on in Myrtle Beach this month ranging from mild to wild.
While we normally stick to entertainment of the live music variety, we've made a small exception this time around and gone beyond just our favorite venues to take a wider look at the overall spring break experience.
Of course there's plenty of great shows happening as well, but even we know life is about more than just music — there's also about beaches, bars, babes ... well, you get the point.
Here’s a look at some of what local clubs and entertainment areas are planning that cater to spring breakers this year:
There are plenty of places to go and have a few drinks at Broadway at the Beach, and of those, Celebrations Nitelife is one of the best choices for fun. Celebrations is made up of four clubs, the ultra-happening Club Boca, surf-themed Malibu’s Surf Bar, live music based Froggy Bottomz and sports bar/karaoke club Broadway Louie’s.
“We were named one of the 2012 Top 100 night clubs in the nation,” said Alyssa Powell, the marketing director for Celebrations Nitelife.
This year for spring break, Celebrations is offering a “party pass” that can be purchased for $50. The pass is good for seven nights of admission to all four clubs and a guaranteed entry to all special spring break events, including the following:
• March 8: DJ Pauly D, from the hit show “Jersey Shore,” is performing live at Club Boca
• March 13: Playboy model DJ Kay Jay is performing live at Malibu’s
• March 14: DJ Jessie Marco, a 22-year-old New Yorker who’s become one of the top touring DJs in the country, will performing live at Club Boca
• March 17: The outdoor St. Patrick’s Day Bash is an all-day event with the area’s best live bands
The clubs also offers events that go on every night of the week.
Every Monday is the Step It Up dance contest starting at 10 p.m. at Malibu’s.
Tuesdays feature a “World Famous Pub Crawl” starting at 7 p.m. and people can join in on the pub crawl any time between 7 p.m. and midnight. The crawl starts at Malibu’s tiki bar with live entertainment, then Broadway Louie’s to enjoy some karaoke, then walk to Froggy Bottomz Live with the house band “Diversity Live” and then end up in Malibu’s Surf where people get free T-shirts stating they survived the pub crawl.
A spring break bikini contest will take place every Wednesday in March at Malibu’s Surf Club starting at 10 p.m. On Thursdays, Malibu’s Surf Club and Froggy Bottomz will host a “Red Solo Cup Party” starting at 7 p.m.
The weekends get wild with Glow Night at every bar in Broadway on Fridays, Ladies Night on Saturdays and Sunday Fundays featuring great drink specials and prizes.
Check out more details at celebrationsnitelife.com
If spring breakers feel like they need a break from the celebrations, then local club and party promoter Taylor J. Burt may have just the event they’re looking for.
The longtime Myrtle Beach local throws a party like no one else in town and its well known among local clubgoers that wherever Burt lands will be a party worth going to.
Every Tuesday Taylor J. Burt Presents: Toot it and Boot it Tuesdays at the brand-new Rodeo Bar & Grill, Broadway at the Beach’s hottest new club. The country-themed bar which opened March 1 will feature live music from drummer Corey Holden and guitar virtuoso “Kid” Drew Voidevich and Top 40 hits from DJ Lui Diamante.
Wednesdays, the party moves over to another hot Broadway spot, Senor Frogs which hosts a “Glow Party” with free glow sticks and black lights to light up the night. The club will also feature a number of international touring Female DJs including on March 7, DJ Heavygrinder and March 14, DJ Stephanie Loayza.
Those thirsty for more will want get a double dose of fun from Burt on Thursday nights. Check out Burt’s “Thirsty Thursday” at Senor Frogs with $4 vodka drinks, $5 yards of beer and $2 shooters or head over to“Tribal Thursday” at Zulu Lounge, featuring DJ Lui Diamante and drummer Corey Holden.
If you’re strapped for cash maybe “$1 Fridays” at Carlos & Charlie’s will be your savior. Myrtle Beach’s own touring DJ Christian Slick will spin the tunes as The bar offers $1 vodka drinks, rum and draft beers. You must be 21+ for this event.
Wrap up your week with some great live music Saturday at Senor Frog’s.
“On Saturdays, all the spring breakers must come out to Senor Frogs,” said Burt. “It’s the busiest club at Broadway on a Saturday.”
And for those who can never get enough partying, Taylor J. Burt Presents: After Hours at Shamrocks on 26th Avenue North and Kings Highway Monday through Saturday with the party starting at 1:30 a.m. and going into the wee hours.
For more info call 843-455-4684 or visit TJB Presents online at Facebook.com/TaylorJBurt
The House of Blues
When it comes to live music for Spring Break, you can't get by without talking about the area's premeir concert spot, The House of Blues at North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing. The schedule is always packed with great national, regional and local acts, across HOB's three stages (concert hall, restuarant and outdoor patio) and the month of March is no exception.
One of the most notable events of the spring will be the second of two Dubstep-based events the HOB has hosted recently. Steez Promo & NV Concepts Present Dub Nation Myrtle Beach Featuring The X Tour w/ EXCISION, Liquid Stranger & Lucky Date will take place March 15 beginning at 9 p.m. and tickets are $22.50.
Here's a closer look at some other upcoming shows:
• March 9: Badfish: A Tribute To Sublmie w/ Below The Bassline
• March 10: Jane's Addiction (SOLD OUT)
• March 16: ListenUp March Mayhem - Confliction & Sqwearl w/ The IZM, Flick-It and Doctrine of Ethos
• March 22: Hip-Hop supergroup SLAUGHTERHOUSE
• March 24: The Devil Wears Prada w/ Everytime I Die, LetLive & Oh, Sleeper
• March 31: Blue October w/ Girl In a Coma
• April 7: Monday After The Master Kickoff Jam with Sister Hazel & Javier Colon
• April 14: Candlebox w/ IAMDYNAMITE
• April 19: Steel Pulse & SOJA w/ Treehouse!
• April 21: Barstool Blackout Tour
Visit hob.com/myrtlebeach for ticket prices and details or call 843-272-3000.
Although Spring Break may be a little premature for the bikini-and-boat-filled atmosphere that this Waterfront bar becomes during the summer month, they've still got plenty of great partying lined up for the month of March.
Kicking off with Thursday's show featuring legendary Reggae group The Wailers, the live music lineup keeps on rolling with a number of great shows, a continuation of the bar's popular Coyote Country Fridays and even the start of its legendary Backyard Concert series, which kicks off March 18.
And what's even better about all of it is that most of these shows are free (check website for full details on tickets). Here's a look at the full schedule of shows:
• March 8 - The Wailers w/ Jah Harvest
• March 9 - McKenzie's Mill
• March 15 - The Movement
• March 16 - Jared Blake ("The Voice" finalist)
• March 18 - Blackberry Smoke
• March 21 - Asher Roth w/ David Correy
• March 23 - Larry Frick
• March 25 - Katchafire
• March 30 - Tyler Hammond Band
• March 31 - Nappy Roots
• April 1 - Confliction w/ The IZM and QP-N-Shamroc
• April 6 - Brian Davis
• April 8 - Almost Kings
For more details call 843-903-BOAT or visit boathousemb.com
OTHER SPRING BREAK SPOTS
2001 Entertainment Complex
Featuring well more excitement than your average club, 2001 features three separate nightclubs, in Club Touch, The Stage and Next Level. Entertainment ranges from Top 40 DJs to live music from top-notch Beach and Blues bands and even dinner shows such as the popular Dino’s TV Variety Show.
“To coincide with the spring break crowd, we are also having a ‘DJ Idol’ contest every Wednesday,” said owner Robert Davisson.
Details at 843-449-9435 or 2001nightclub.com
This upscale Greek-themed restaurant is known for its Greek and Italian food during the evening, but one night falls it turns into one of the area’s hottest spots for nightlife. Mykonos caters to the college crowd hosting sorority and fraternity socials and finding every which way for visitors to dine, drink and dance the night away.
Every Saturday is Get ‘Em To The Greek Night with top DJs spinning House, Dubstep and Top 40 music, VIP Bottle Service and all the amenties of a posh city club.
Details at 843-839-1965 or dinedrinkanddance.com
This party promotion group is known locally for happening paint parties, raves and events of all sorts, but especially for its infamous Impulse Party Bus which transports partiers to and from the area’s hottest destinations. It also offers an Impulse discount card which can get you deals on all sorts of things from club admission to food to tattoos.
Details at 843.606.5773 or neverstoppartying.com.
Having absorbed the former Club Kryptonite in 2011, this longtime north-end club has once again captured the attention of the party crowd. Emerging from its offseason closure just in time for Spring Break, this open-air, multi-level facility provides plenty of room for fun and is sure to have plenty of trick up its sleeves when it comes to getting the crowd going this March.
Details at 843-449-1550 or theafterdeck.com.